What players make you think we're stronger than the year we won it?
Below is a like-for-like comparison of our 2019/20 squad compared to the current squad. The only changes are highlighted in bold, with Games Played (GP) in the Premier League included where relevant.2019/20 ---- 2021/22
Alisson ------ Alisson
Adrian ------- Adrian
Kelleher ----- KelleherLonergan (0GP) - Karius
Van Dijk ---- Van Dijk
Matip -------- Matip
Gomez ------ GomezLovren (10GP) ------- Konate
Trent --------- TrentClyne (0 GP) -- n/a
Neco (6GP) ----------- Neco
Robertson ----- Robertson No backup LB -- Tsimikas
Fabinho -------- Fabinho
Henderson ----- HendersonWijnaldum ----- Thiago
Keita ----------- Keita
Ox -------------- Ox
Milner ---------- Milner
Jones (6 GP) --- Jones
Salah -------------- Salah
Mane -------------- Mane
Firmino ------------ FirminoShaqiri (7GP) ----- JotaLallana (15GP) - Elliott
Origi (28 GP) ----- Origi
Minamino (10GP) - MinaminoBrewster (0 GP) --- Gordon
Lonergan to Karius is probably an upgrade but isn't significant whatsoever.
Lovren to Konate is more or less a sideways move or a slight upgrade. Lovren only started 9 PL games that year.
Clyne left but was out with a back injury and wasn't a factor at all.
Neco is 2 years older and more of a legit first team option now, so our backup RB is an upgrade.
Tsimikas is a huge upgrade over not having a proper backup LB (or shoe-horning Milner or 18 year old Neco at LB).
Wijnaldum to Thiago is arguably an upgrade, but Wijnaldum's reliability and availability was important, so let's say that this is a sideways move. Bear in mind that Thiago was a vital part of Bayern's CL-winning team.
Jones is 2 years older and is now a legitimate first team option. Upgrade.
In attack we've basically replaced Lallana (only 15GP / 3 starts) and Shaqiri (only 7GP/2 starts) - a combined 22 GP and 5 starts - with Jota and Elliott. Jota will also take over many of the 28GP/7 starts that Origi had in 2019/20. Overall that's an upgrade given Jota's quality.
Note that Lallana was on his last legs and often injured, only featuring 15 times with only 3 starts. Elliott already has 2 starts this season.
All-in-all, purely in terms of in's and out's the first team is better, at least on paper. Obviously fatigue and aging from our 30+ players is an important factor to consider, but I would argue that their aging is more than offset by the addition of Jota to take most of Origi's minutes, along with maturing of our younger players like Jones, Elliott, Gomez, Kelleher, Trent, etc.
Now, I'm not saying that the squad couldn't have been improved further, such as by upgrading on Origi, but overall the squad does look stronger than it was in 2019/20.
You might argue that Liverpool have more competition this season than in 2019/20 and thus needed more to compete, and although that might be true in terms of there being multiple contenders this time around, it's important to bear in mind that the 2019/20 team were up against a Man City team that had just posted 100 and 98 points in the two seasons prior. Point being that our current LFC team is stronger than the 2019/20 team in a direct like-for-like comparison, and should have just as good a chance of competing at the top that the 2019/20 team did.